Research & Development (R&D) Graduate Jobs

Research development falls under the science industry umbrella and encompasses a range of basic and applied research activities, aimed at identifying solutions to problems or creating new products, processes, services or knowledge. Research development, therefore, brings innovation to organisations to improve their market position.

Australia’s research and development industry is internationally respected and performs well compared to highly developed countries around the world. As a country, we spend approximately 2% of GDP on the sector, which employs eight people for every 1,000 workers.

Graduate jobs can be found in a range of industries, including healthcare, education, defence, biotechnology, chemicals, construction, business, government, media, pharmaceuticals, software, transportation, telecommunications and not-for-profit. Higher education employs over 62% of workers in the research development sector, while private business employs 25%.

What to expect

To work in the research development field, graduates will need a degree in a discipline related to the area of research they want to work in, such as engineering, science or technology, as well as good academic results. For some positions, companies may require postgraduate qualifications such as a Master’s or PhD.

The responsibilities assigned to graduates will vary depending on the field of research they work in, however most graduates will begin working within a project team, receiving training from senior researchers.

Graduates working in research development can earn big paychecks, with average starting salaries of around $71,000 per annum.

The top three regions in Australia employing research development graduates are NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

Types of jobs

Graduates working in research and development can follow a number of career paths to work in a variety of different jobs including:

  • Research associate
  • Research fellow
  • Research and development manager
  • Research and development engineer
  • Research and development director
  • Market research manager

Competitiveness

The competition for grants, scholarships and jobs is intense due to a lack of funding, which leads to limited positions and heavier workloads. It is difficult for graduate or junior researchers to get grants without the presence of senior researchers on the project team.

Job certainty is a major concern in the research development industry, with many companies relying on short-term contracts to employ workers. As a result, research development positions generally only enjoy three to four years of job stability.

 

Find the best Research & Development (R&D) Graduate Jobs

At P&G we want you to get your career off to a fast start. That's why we don't have a traditional Graduate program with rotations or gradual ramp-up periods. We hand you real responsibility from the moment you walk through the door.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
Competitive Salary & Benefits Package
Location
Sydney, Melbourne
Closing
29 March 2017

The Treasury Graduate Program offers recent university graduates the opportunity to join Australia's leading economic policy adviser.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$63,259
Location
Canberra
Closing
1 May 2017

The Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme (GRADS) is a 12-month development program where you have the opportunity to learn about public service and contribute to a variety of initiatives.

You are employed by one department or agency but you'll get to experience placements in two more departments or agencies throughout the year.

Best of all, you are guaranteed a position with your home department and a promotion on successful completion of the program.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$55,160.00
Location
Melbourne
Closing
17 April 2017

You've studied hard and you're ready to take the next step. We understand that once you graduate, it's not always easy to find your groove. The 2018 NAB Graduate Program can help you develop the skills, knowledge and network with which to build an exciting and inspiring career.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Closing
26 March 2017

Our Graduates are bold thought leaders who are passionate about supporting national policies and programs that help Australians find and keep employment, and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$62,406
Location
Canberra
Closing
29 March 2017

Westpac's vision is to be one of the world's great service companies, helping our customers, communities and people to prosper and grow.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide
Closing
31 March 2017

We deliver commercial solutions to blue chip clients such as ANZ, nbn, Coca Cola, Microsoft, Toyota and Woolworths. Our work is based on an understanding of consumer behaviour.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
North Sydney
Closing
14 April 2017

Do you want to make a real contribution to the success of Australia? PM&C offers exciting and fulfilling work at the heart of government with career development opportunities difficult to find elsewhere.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Roles are primarily located in Canberra however opportunities may also be available in our Regional Network.
Closing
1 May 2017

This is a fantastic opportunity for a Sales Graduate, or experienced Sales Representative to join our team of energised employees working within a dynamic and friendly environment.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$45,000
Location
Brisbane, Queensland

As an Assistant Trader, you will learn the quantitative and game theoretical approach that SIG uses to make decisions in the financial markets.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Sydney & Philadelphia
Closing
31 March 2017

The Aboriginal Pathway to the VPS GRADS provides culturally appropriate guidance and support to Aboriginal applicants through the recruitment and selection process for the VPS GRADS.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Melbourne CBD (and Regional Victoria subject to availability)
Closing
17 April 2017

The DVA Graduate Development Program is a structured 11-month development program designed to give you exposure to the broad range of important work DVA undertakes, whilst propelling you into a successful career within the Australian Public Servic

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$68,859
Location
Canberra, ACT. Generalist graduate positions will be located in Civic. ICT graduate positions will be located in Tuggeranong.
Closing
6 April 2017

We'll provide you with experiences that'll shape your career for years to come. Because when you grow, we do too. With EY you can influence the future of your career, the businesses you work with and even the world you live in.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
Closing
31 March 2017

After years of study, you're looking to launch your career with a company that supports your ongoing development, and makes the world a better place. Make amazing happen at AECOM.

Salary
Competitive
Location
Multiple Office locations across Australia and New Zealand.
Closing
29 March 2017

The Department of Defence is one of Australia's largest organisations and has a key role as part of the Australian Government. We are seeking graduates from all university disciplines for work across the career spectrum.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$63,236 + 15.4 % superannuation
Location
Canberra (other locations include Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Newcastle)
Closing
27 March 2017

With the ANAO, you'll see what other grads don't. Working on audits across many federal government agencies and entities, covering a range of topics, you'll develop a real understanding of what goes on behind policy decisions and be part of work that has a real impact on government administration.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$59,771
Location
Canberra, ACT.
Closing
2 April 2017

At ALDI, our people are the key to our success. Our comprehensive 18 month Graduate Program will kick-start your career and fast-track your path to retail leadership. ALDI - Where the CHALLENGE is as big as the REWARD.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$85K -$152K package including superannuation + Car*
Location
NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, SA, ACT - Both Regional and Metro Areas
Closing
31 March 2017

We are currently looking for someone to join our growing team in an exciting and challenging role

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
40,000 - 50,000
Location
Bondi Junction, Sydney
Closing
31 March 2017

We are currently looking for someone to join our growing team in an exciting and challenging role

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
40,000 - 50,000
Location
Bondi Junction, Sydney.
Closing
31 March 2017

Lead and shape Australia’s health and aged care system and sporting outcomes through evidence based policy, well targeted programs, and best practice regulation.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$60,161 - $68,160
Location
Canberra
Closing
17 April 2017

Graduating this year? Already graduated? We want you!!

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$57,733
Location
Canberra
Closing
30 April 2017

This role is suited to a new business hunter who is able to instantly build rapport with senior level executives across a wide variety of market sectors.

What you'll do:

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$45000 + super + commission
Location
Sydney CBD

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Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
55,000++
Location
Sydney CBD

About Allegis Group

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
Competitive base salary + uncapped commission
Location
Sydney, CBD & Sydney, Baulkham Hills